Girls Basketball: Mercy’s late run not enough to best Menlo

Mercy junior Mariah Masoli eyes the lane against Menlo on Jan. 25 at Mercy High School. (Photo by Devin Chen)

By Josh Levine

With 21 points and 16 rebounds, Drew Edelman led the visiting Menlo School girls’ basketball team to a 63-56 victory over Mercy in West Bay Athletic League play on Tuesday night.

The Skippers (15-4, 2-3) started the fourth quarter down 56-41, but went on an 11-2 run to get right back into the game.

Mercy junior Mariah Masoli eyes the lane against Menlo on Tuesday at Mercy High School. (Photo by Devin Chen)

“Before the game, I wrote on the board that passive equals a loss and aggressive equals a win. The first half we were passive,” said Mercy head coach Mike Gutierrez. “In the fourth quarter, we really changed our attitude, and it showed.”

Gutierrez chose not to start Mariah Masoli because she missed practice on Monday. On Sunday, Masoli was in Arizona to watch her brother, University of Mississippi quarterback Jeremiah Masoli, play in the inaugural Eastham Energy All-Star Game.

Masoli finished with 17 points, but was held scoreless in the fourth quarter.

The Knights (13-6, 3-2) got strong contributions from Edelman, Whitney Hooper and Emma Paye.

Hooper had 15 of her 19 points in the first half and Paye scored nine of her 11 in the second half. The three girls combined for 51 of the team’s 63 points.

“Our seniors [Hooper and Paye] really stepped up for us today,” said Menlo coach John Paye. “We were missing Lauren Lete, who normally starts for us, and Jasmin Williams, who left with a sprained ankle.”

With the win, Menlo slides ahead of Mercy with a 3-2 record in league play, giving them third place outright in the WBAL’s Foothill Division.

“We are now third in league,” Paye said. “We need to keep improving as a program and prepare for the second round of league against everyone. Teams like Mercy and Sacred Heart Prep are going to be [gunning] for us and we need to be ready.”

Gutierrez said he was happy that his team didn’t give up, and said this was easily a game the girls could have given up on.

“We need to improve and grow as a team,” Gutierrez said. “We need to play 32 minutes of basketball. We managed to slow down Edelman and forced them to take outside shots, but Hooper was hitting them. They killed us on the outside.”

Scoring Leaders

Drew Edelman – 21
Whitney Hooper – 19
Emma Paye – 11
Jasmin Williams – 6
Maddie Huber – 4

Mariah Masoli – 17
Monique Mariano – 16
Courtney Sabahi – 11
Christina Haight – 9
Gabriela Collazos – 2

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